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Sixty Seconds with Yesod Williams

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Indy: Your summer tour with Slightly Stoopid includes a very notable opening act, Sly and Robbie, the famed rhythm section on hundreds of reggae albums, including releases by Black Uhuru, Beenie Man, Bunny Wailer and Jimmy Cliff. What are your thoughts about having Sly and Robbie on the tour?

YW: When our management called us up and told us they were on the tour, I had to pinch myself. You talk about legends in the music industry, I keep telling everyone we're going to be in the presence of legends every day.

Indy: You have a new CD out, Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations. It has the expected mix of rock, reggae, soul and hip-hop, but how does this release take Pepper to a new level musically?

YW: I think just the songs make more sense. And as a whole, it makes more sense ... I think the new album is the most complete thought we've had, as far as an album goes. And I have heard people say it's probably our most soulful album we've ever made, and that really makes me happy, too.

Indy: This tour takes you into the biggest venues you've played. You've grown your career without much support from radio, MTV or placing songs in high-profile movies or television shows. What's been the secret of your success?

YW: I don't think there's any secret. It's just hard work, and just staying on the road and sacrificing being home a lot and this and that. I think once we saw it start working for us, we just kept doing it ... It was a struggle for a few years, and finally we started to see, like, payback from all of our hard work and whatnot. So we just kept at it. At Morrison's Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 15 and Boulder's Fox Theatre on Aug. 16.

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